October 15, 2009
Never Take a Safe Landing For Granted Again – Discovery Channel Presents Season 7 of MAYDAY and DAILY PLANET’s “Flying Things Week” in November
– A new season of acclaimed aviation forensics series MAYDAY debuts Nov. 4 –
– DAILY PLANET takes flight during “Flying Things Week,” Nov. 2-6 –
Toronto, ON (October 15, 2009) – What kind of flyer are you? On your last commercial air flight, did you pay close attention to the cabin crew as they reviewed the plane’s safety features and emergency protocols? Or were you trying to sneak a peek at the high-tech control panel in the cockpit as you boarded, imagining the freedom of flight enjoyed by an exclusive club of pilots and their cool cutting-edge “toys”? In November, Discovery Channel takes to the skies with stories from the Red Bull Air Race and NASA’s latest space tourism aircraft during DAILY PLANET’s “Flying Things Week” (Mon., Nov 2. to Fri., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT); and then, Discovery Channel’s critically acclaimed aviation investigation series, MAYDAY, returns for Season 7, beginning Wed., Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT.
With hosts Jay Ingram and Ziya Tong, Discovery Channel’s flagship science magazine DAILY PLANET leaves the terra firma behind for a week full of inspiring and innovative air-borne stories during “Flying Things Week.” Follow Canadian pilot Pete McLeod, a 25-year-old rookie set to rocket to the top at the Red Bull Air Race, weaving his race plane through pylons on the Detroit River… if he can persuade his mentor and competitor, Austrian pilot Hannes Arch, to give up his secrets. Want a better view of this dare-devil race? DAILY PLANET flies with an Emmy® Award-winning helicopter camera crew as they dart about the Red Bull Air Race to get spectacular shots, sometimes coming within a few metres of race planes moving at speeds up to 370kph. Then, head to a sprawling air force base in the Mojave Desert where NASA and Boeing are working on the X-48B, an ultra modern aircraft that would dwarf today’s jumbo jets and could be used as a tanker, cargo plan and huge passenger liner. And for a story that’s truly out of this world, DAILY PLANET examines the XCOR Lynx, an aircraft that would give space tourists a short – but spectacular – ride into space. The Lynx takes off from a runway like a jet, but then goes vertical on an arc to the edge of space, giving passengers a moment of weightlessness and a stunning view.
Statistically safer than car and train travel, thousands of airline passengers board flights everyday without hesitation. And for those of us without the nerves of steel and precision training required for the Red Bull Air Races or the deep pockets for space tourism, commercial flights are the only way for the rest of us to fly. But when airline disaster strikes, it is often catastrophic. From structural failures and design flaws, to complex computer systems that even cabin crews don’t fully understand, MAYDAY combines compelling human drama and detailed aviation science to reveal the unsettling truth that aviation safety improves one crash at a time. An original Canadian production for Discovery Channel Canada, MAYDAY launches Season 7 with eight riveting new episodes. Featuring cockpit recorders, news footage, eyewitness accounts, survivor and family interviews and gripping re-enactments, the series investigates aviation disasters to find out what went wrong… And why.
Highlights from the first episodes of MAYDAY include:
MAYDAY 7: “Operation Babylift”
Wed., Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT
In the final, chaotic days of the Vietnam War, U.S. President Gerald Ford orders an urgent mission of mercy called “Operation Babylift.” Its goal: to rescue Vietnamese orphans from the chaos of the war and take them back to the safety of the U.S. On April 4, 1975, nearly 250 Vietnamese babies and children are loaded onto an Air Force C5A Galaxy, one of the world’s largest planes. But after a steep and rapid ascent to get out of missile range, the aircraft’s cargo door is violently blown off and the plane crashes to the ground. What caused the tragic accident? And can investigators find out before they have to flee the country?
MAYDAY 7: “Blown Apart”
Wed., Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT
On September 8, 1989, on a charter trip from Oslo to Hamburg, Partnair Flight 394 is cruising at 6,700 metres when it suddenly begins diving toward the sea. The aging twin prop Convair 340-580 crashes into the water, killing all 55 people on board. It is the biggest airline disaster in Norwegian history. As investigators piece together what happened, they uncover a problem so serious it sends shock waves through the industry. How had a single bolt caused the plane to fall out of the sky? And why is it a potential problem for every passenger plane in the world?
MAYDAY 7: “Scratching the Surface”
Wed., Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT
Twenty minutes after taking off from Taipei, China Airlines Flight 611 suddenly disappears from radar. A massive rescue mission is launched, but all 225 passengers and crew are dead. After ruling out both a bomb and a gas tank explosion, investigators are stumped. They examine hundreds of pieces of wreckage, until they uncover a single piece of the hull which solves the riddle. The destruction of the 747 began with a much smaller problem – 20 years in the past.
MAYDAY is a Cineflix and Nextfilm co-production, in association with Discovery Channel Canada and National Geographic Channel.
Cineflix is an international group of companies that produces, acquires and distributes original, non-fiction multi-genre television programming. Currently involved in the creation of 250 hours per year of innovative TV for international broadcasters, and with a rapidly expanding library of over 1000 hours, Cineflix is a recognized leader in the industry with offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, Dublin and New York.
About Discovery Channel
Bold and leading edge, while informing and entertaining, Discovery Channel is Canada’s leading source for factual programming, as it puts a new spin on exploring adventure, science and technology. This award-winning channel covers the scientific beat, from animals to the animalistic side of humanity, from the sea to space, and the latest in innovation. TV Trends and Quality (TVQ) Survey consistently ranks Discovery Channel Canada first among all English-language Canadian specialty networks for overall quality of programming. Discovery Channel is one of the first Canadian specialty channels to offer programs in HDTV and its production house, Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), continues to be internationally recognized as a producer of cutting-edge programming with distribution to more than 150 countries. The channel's website may be found at DiscoveryChannel.ca.
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